Mumbai: A Bollywood director has been convicted Saturday of raping an American research scholar last year. Mahmood Farooqui, best known for co-directing the popular 2010 satire 'Peepli Live' on farmer suicides, was found guilty of the attack in March 2015 by a fast-track court hearing the case in New Delhi.
The victim, then aged 35, had travelled to India to seek Farooqui's assistance with her research when the attack took place at his home in an upscale area of the capital.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain convicted Farooqui under rape charges and fixed August 2 for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence. Delhi Police have accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman from Columbia University who was in India for research on her doctoral thesis.
Farooqui has denied the allegations, saying he was falsely implicated.
Timeline of rape case against Mahmood Farooqui June 21, 2015:
Delhi Police arrest Farooqui. July 2015:
Delhi Police files chargesheet against Farooqui. September 2, 2015:
Court frames rape charges against the 'Peepli Live' co-director.
September 9, 2015: Trial begins in rape case
October 15, 2015 : Court grants interim bail to Farooqui
July 30, 2016: Court holds Farooqui guilty of raping American woman.